True story: I hate cornbread. Really. I know that merely hearing the word “cornbread” has scores of other people fainting in ecstasy.
Do people faint in ecstasy?
Anyway. I’ve NEVER liked cornbread. It’s always so dry and crumbly and seems to require an entire glass and a half of water to choke it down. I’ve tried to like it, really. But anything that immediately sucks up my mouth juices and asphyxiates me with its corniness is generally not my thing. In fact, even hearing the word cornbread makes me want to cough and gag.
See? You misfits always make Bad Mama Genny prove these things to you.
Anyway. When I saw this recipe for Custard-Filled Cornbread, I immediately dismissed it, after coughing and gagging for a little while. No way is the cornbread ::cough cough:: gonna trick me, I said to myself. No way is this tarted up little cornbread ::gag gag:: going to fool me into trying it so it can suck out my mouth juices and kill me with its corniness. Soooo not falling for that one.
And then I thought some more about custard, and how delicious it is. Custard doesn’t make me cough OR gag. In fact, custard makes me sit up and listen. Custard makes BMG go, “wow.”
And then I was all, what if this cornbread ::cough gag:: is different because of the custard ::wow!::? What if custard ::wow:: is enough to make me like cornbread ::gag gag::? Could I become a cornbread gag fan because of some simple custard wow?
I mean, wow.
Then I got a headache. All the coughing and gagging and wowing.
Then I decided to try the damn thing. And friends, it is fabulous.
And easy–the batter took all of five minutes to whip together, and the custard forms from a layer of cream that you pour on top right before baking.
Don’t get me wrong–I still hate cornbread :cough:. But this is not cornbread ::gag::. This is an effing cornCAKE, my friends. A cake that you drizzle maple syrup over and eat for four meals a day, as I’m proceeding to do. A cake that’s just as good with chili and cheese as it is with honey and cream as it is with maple syrup and banana slices. A cake that’s good hot or cold.
A cake that would never suck out your mouth juices.
Friends, I would never allow your mouth juices to be sucked out. I just don’t work that way.
Here is the recipe I used, which appears on the fab food blog, “First Look, Then Cook”. By the way, thanks to my distracted state while I was baking, we now know that this recipe is extremely forgiving, because I accidentally threw in an extra egg, used whole milk yogurt instead of cream, and clumsily splooshed in a little extra vinegar.
So go ahead and enjoy your regular old dry, mouth-juice sucking cornbread ::cough cough GAG GAG::. But then eat this custard WOW. And remember me, friends.
Eat this custard in memory of me.
<lightning bolt striking Bad Mama Genny, Bad Mama Genny smacking the shit out of the lightning bolt, lightning bolt running away with tail betwixt its legs while whining>